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Breastfeeding - Nutrition

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Women who are breastfeeding need only to eat a well-balanced diet and drink extra fluids.

  • Breastfeeding mothers will be more hungry and thirsty than they were during pregnancy. Just drink to quench your thirst. You do not need to force fluids.
  • New mothers need at least 1,800 calories a day. Eat all your meals and snacks. Most moms slim down faster while breastfeeding.
  • Continue taking your prenatal vitamins and iron supplements as directed by your doctor. It is not necessary to take extra calcium at this time.
  • Women around the world eat a variety of foods including spicy foods. If something bothers you or your baby, avoid it until the baby is older.
  • If your baby has a lot of gas, call your baby’s doctor or the lactation consultant.
  • Moderate intake of caffeinated beverages is fine.
  • It is best to avoid or limit drinking alcoholic beverages while breastfeeding. Alcohol passes into the milk. Call your doctor or lactation consultant for more information.

Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 05/2012

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